Joe Perry told Rolling Stone that Aerosmith is zeroing-in on finishing the new album and that the band plans to preview the new single on American Idol. "It's really close," said Perry. "We've mixed a couple of the songs already, but I guess this week we're really kind of rolling into mix mode. We have a couple of tracks left to finish up, just to put some overdubs on, but we're kind of going from the final, final recording tracks to mixing this week."

Perry said the album will be modern "hi-fi" but the band has found the "energy that the early records had," thanks to the return of longtime producer Jack Douglas. And we're thrilled that Aerosmith's Brad Whitford has been playing his new Casino on the new album as well as Joe Bonamassa's new LP Driving Towards the Daylight out May 22. A lot of great stuff to look forward to. Here's producer Jack on the finer points of modern analog recording.